20/05/2012 06:22 BST | Updated 20/07/2012 06:12 BST

One Direction's Harry Styles 'Dating' Inbetweener Emily Atack?

One Direction star Harry Styles is reportedly dating Inbetweeners actress Emily Atack.

According to the Sunday Mirror, who quoted an unnamed "friend" of the singer, Styles spent time together after his tour of Australia.

The 18-year-old began dating the actress and former Dancing On Ice star after splitting from Xtra Factor host Caroline Flack, 32, the paper claimed.

If the rumours are true, 22-year-old Atack - who placed tenth in FHM's 100 Sexiest Women In The World poll, would be a lot closer to Styles' own age than his former "cougar" partner, from whom he split in March.

According to the Mirror's source, "they've been getting to know each other and keeping things quiet but they're close".

However the paper also pointed to Styles' upcoming three-month tour of America, and suggested the pair are "being realistic" about their chances for a long-term relationship.

Styles has recently been linked to several actresses and models, and has not confirmed the reports.

One Direction are currently in Stockholm finishing work on their second album.